Thursday 18th April

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Tom Gamble at Jazz Club Soho, London.
Tom Gamble at Jazz Club Soho, London.

Tom Gamble: CD + London dates

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Classically-trained guitarist Tom Gamble recently played a solo set at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, going down a storm with the assembled literary crowd at the Playerist Comedy Night. He’s soon to leave these shores to further his studies abroad so catch him while you can. Meanwhile, music lovers will be more than satisfied with Mr Gamble’s fantastic début Jazz CD Rooftop Music. Recently graduating with a First from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich, the maestro leads the Tom Gamble Ensemble at the South Bank Centre on August 8. He then departs with fitting flourish as Director of the Quiet Nights Orchestra at a very special gig at the National Portrait Gallery on August 22.

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Photo credit: Fabio Lugaro

Cafe Oto: Otomo Yoshihide

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Cafe Oto, Dalston

Cafe Oto is one of those places I’ve always meant to check-out. Easy to get to from Dalston Kingsland Overground – a three minute walk and next door to the Arcola Theatre. Doors open at 8pm but according to staff things usually kick off “sometime before 9…” Judging by the bustling queue, I was relieved to have some choice of seating though everywhere seemed comfortable in this relaxing and ambient place. During the following hour the venue became very busy and perhaps it’s wise to arrive early.

Avant Garde improviser Otomo Yoshihide emerged almost insignificantly in plaid shirt and fishing cap to slouch over the piano, hunched beneath its open lid, forearms dipping into its strings. Slow to begin and so quiet you could hear the street outside. The amplification became ever more vibrant and as the audience quietened the sound seemed to seep from within the shared space. But this imperceptible start became all too audible, searing pulsations scorching our ears in magnitudinous dynamic range. At home I’d have turned down the volume and marvelled at its genius but there were frequent instances when just trying to listen proved unbearable. A couple of punters covering their ears I suspect enjoyed a more pleasurable experience.

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